SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. - DECEMBER 19, 2005 - blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, today launched blinkx.tv To Go, a service that enables users to search for specific video content online and sync it with one click to their iTunes or personal video player software, regardless of its original format.
Over the past several months, video blogging has exploded on the Internet, suggesting that many consumers are eager for an alternative to commercial broadcasts. However, this kind of independent content is not widely available at traditional download sites, such as iTunes.com, and what there is, can be difficult to find. With its new blinkx.tv To Go service, blinkx is throwing open the doors to a wide variety of new, user-generated video and making it fully searchable and portable with one quick click.
blinkx.tv To Go enables users to enter a search of video blogs, and with one click, either upload specific results to their iPod or portable video player, or save the search as a "channel", which is automatically and perpetually updated and fed to their devices, where it can then be viewed as a single media stream. blinkx takes care of all the formatting, regardless of the original file type.
"blinkx.tv To Go empowers Internet users to customize not only what video content they receive, but also how and when they view it," said Suranga Chandratillake, CTO and founder of blinkx. "We wanted to make the experience of finding compelling multimedia and making it portable, as efficient and easy as possible. Our vision of IPTV combines the interactive, customizable experience of the Internet, with the simple, seamless way we watch TV, and now we've made it portable."
blinkx.tv To Go is available at www.blinkx.tv, and leverages the tremendous growth and variety of user-generated content on the Web. For example, skiing fanatics can enter a search on "moguls" or "iron cross", and with one click, save their favourite footage from the results to their iTunes or portable video player library. Alternatively, users can save the search as a feed which would continually and automatically submit relevant video to their library, for viewing at their convenience - whenever and wherever they chose to watch it.
blinkx, the smartest thing on your computer and on the Web, is changing the way that people think about search. Only blinkx can harness the desktop, Web and TV - unifying content with a one stop search tool. Available to users on the Web at www.blinkx.com and www.blinkx.tv, as well as free to download, blinkx automatically and intelligently links to content anywhere and in any format, on the Web, on the desktop and even on TV. blinkx's conceptual toolbar means users are no longer limited to keyword search; instead, blinkx assesses all the information that the user is actively viewing, and automatically recommends and retrieves relevant content, from local, Web and TV searches, based on context. In addition, www.blinkx.tv makes thousands of hours of TV content fully searchable and available on demand for the first time. blinkx is a privately-held company based in San Francisco and London. More information is available at www.blinkx.com.